For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.Genesis 2:24(NASB)
It was God and not man Who ordained marriage and its many blessings in the beginning. This beautiful union between a man and his wife was born out of the heart of our loving God Who bestowed marriage as a sacred ordinance upon the creation He made and the people He loved.
God made man in His own image and likeness He knew the need for fellowship and love in the life of human-kind. And so God made the first woman to be the wife, the companion, and the helper of man. They were to live together in perfect unity and become one flesh. The invisible God made man from the dust of the earth: "Male and female He made them," to be united together as one flesh.
It was God and not man Who sanctified marriage and blessed it, and it was God who commanded, "A man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." As with all of God's sacred ordinances and commands, marriage was established for man's benefit and joy, and no power in heaven or earth is exempt from God's divine institutions.
It was God who used the beautiful picture of marriage between a man and a woman as a lovely illustration of the sacred union between Christ and His Bride, which is the Church. And it was Christ Who loved the Church so much that He gave Himself up for her so that He might sanctify her (having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word), and present her to Himself in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without blemish.
Today, this sacred ordinance from God has been violated by the foolish laws of wicked men who, like the serpent in the garden of Eden, have once again questioned: "Has God said?" But God is not mocked, for God in His wisdom not only gave His ordinances and decrees to man in the beginning, but He will also sit upon His throne of judgement - in the end.
The day is coming when those that institute abominable practices, scorn His precious promises, violate His righteous commands, mock His holy Word, and reject His free gift of grace in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour, will be finally judged.
In wrath remember mercy, O Lord.
Heavenly Father, I thank You for the institution of marriage and the many benefits and joys that stream from this holy ordinance. Draw close to all who are married, and I pray Your protection over the sanctity of marriage. Please guard and protect those who are standing up for Your truth, or being persecuted for righteousness sake regarding marriage. I pray that Jesus would speedily return as the Bridegroom coming for His Bride, the Church. Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! AMEN.
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